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Teacher who bedded pupil after school dance opens up on being a ‘sex offender’

A teacher who was found half naked in a layby with a teenager after a school dance has shared her life as a sex offender.

Eppie Sprung was struck off over her affair with a 17-year-old pupil after she was caught with him in a layby.

Now she has created a support group for fellow criminals and opened up about her experiences in a candid blog after being handed £7,530 from the National Lottery Community Fund to set up a website for her project, reports the Mirror.

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Sprung, now 37, wrote on her blog: "I’m Eppie, mum, wife, daughter, sister, friend, volunteer, business owner and sex offender.

“That’s not something that’s comfortable to write and it’s certainly not something that’s comfortable to live with.

"But here we are.

“I made a series of bad decisions a long time ago that hurt a lot of people and led to me living with the title of ‘sex offender’ for the rest of my life."

Sprung hopes to allow people in Scotland with criminal records to "share their experiences" and help them to "navigate discrimination".

The former English teacher, then married and using the name Sprung Dawson, offered the pupil help with his lessons at the Catholic St Joseph’s College in Dumfries.

But following a school dance in 2012, she was found half-naked with him in a layby by police.

Sprung lost her job and ended her two-year marriage to her husband.

She admitted breach of trust in court in 2013 and was handed a six-month community payback order which did not require her to carry out any work but involved a compulsory course of psycho-sexual counselling.

She was later found unfit to teach and consented to being removed from the register for a minimum of two years.

Sprung is now chair of Next Chapter Scotland, which aims to help people with criminal records "navigate any discrimination they may face".

Last month, Sprung announced the organisation had secured a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

She plans to use the cash to develop its website and social media, and has advertised for help, offering a budget of £5,000.

A National Lottery Community Fund spokeswoman said: "This project has received a £7530 grant to set up a website where people in Scotland with previous criminal convictions can access practical information and advice to help them move on with their lives and make a more positive contribution to society."

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